Company establishes sustainability priorities for next five years and launches New responsibility website
Submitted by Johnson & Johnson
/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - As 2011 marks the 125th year of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), today the company announced the launch of Healthy Future 2015, a five-year strategic roadmap for its citizenship and sustainability priorities. Healthy Future 2015 encompasses the broadest and boldest goals to date for Johnson & Johnson in both environmental and non-environmental areas.
"Today the world is facing a number of complex social and environmental challenges, from the millions of people around the world who lack access to adequate healthcare and medicines, to the rising global demand for natural resources in the face of a burgeoning population," said William C. Weldon, Chairman, Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. "Whether it's the private, public or nonprofit sector, we must all play a role, preferably in collaboration, to ensure a sustainable and healthy future for generations to come."
Healthy Future 2015 extends the Company's commitment to help address global health needs with goals ranging from targeting affordable access to HIV and TB therapies for populations in some of the least-developed countries of the world, to donating medicines for treating intestinal worms in more than 30 countries where prevalence is high. These targets align with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the Company's commitments to date.
As human health and well-being is firmly linked to a healthy planet, environmental stewardship continues to be a core focus area for Johnson & Johnson sustainability. Aggressive absolute reduction targets of CO2 emissions, water usage and waste disposal are supplemented by product stewardship goals that will help the company strive to introduce at least 60 products that meet the company's rigorous sustainability innovation criteria. Suppliers are also being recruited to play their part in achieving Healthy Future 2015 goals.
To provide ongoing transparency on Healthy Future 2015 and other initiatives, Johnson & Johnson has launched a new Responsibility website, www.jnj.com/responsibility, an online portal that covers more than 100 aspects of the Company's citizenship and sustainability commitments and priorities; policies and practices; achievements and challenges; and goals and related performance.
The notion of corporate citizenship and environmental stewardship has been embedded into the Johnson & Johnson culture since 1943 when the Company's Credo was established by its late Chairman Robert Wood Johnson. The Company set its first environmental goal in 1987 and has continued to set and meet a series of long-term targets across a range of environmental areas - including its most recently completed Healthy Planet 2010 Goals, a set of targets focused on carbon reduction, water use, paper and packaging, waste reduction, compliance and external manufacturing, among others.
Healthy Future 2015 Strategic Priorities
Healthy Future 2015 consists of seven strategic priorities, supported by 15 goals and corresponding targets to measure and drive performance.
The seven strategic priorities of Healthy Future 2015 are defined as:
The launch of Healthy Future 2015 marks the next step forward in the sustainability journey of Johnson & Johnson. To learn more about Healthy Future 2015 and other sustainability-related topics, including how Johnson & Johnson performed against its Healthy Planet 2010 Goals, visit the Responsibility website at www.jnj.com/responsibility.
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Caring for the world, one person at a time"¦inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson. We embrace research and science -- bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Our 115,000 employees at more than 250 Johnson & Johnson companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world.
(This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations of future events. If underlying assumptions prove inaccurate or unknown risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results could vary materially from the expectations and projections of Johnson & Johnson. Risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general industry conditions and competition; economic factors, such as interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations; technological advances and patents attained by competitors; challenges inherent in new product development, including obtaining regulatory approvals; domestic and foreign health care reforms and governmental laws and regulations; trends toward health care cost containment; and increased scrutiny of the healthcare industry by government agencies. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other factors can be found in Exhibit 99 of Johnson & Johnson's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2011. Copies of this Form 10-K, as well as subsequent filings, are available online at www.sec.gov, www.jnj.com or on request from Johnson & Johnson. Johnson & Johnson does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events or developments.)
Caring for the world, one person at a time... inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson. This year, we celebrate 126 years of embracing research and science – bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies work in more than 250 operating companies in 60 countries throughout the world. The passion and commitment of our people yield innovations that further minimize our impact on the planet, drive new alliances to address major health challenges in developing and developed countries, and help to create economic opportunity for people. Improving human health and well-being is our crucial mission and the ultimate measure of upholding our responsibility now and for generations to come.
At Johnson & Johnson, our top priority is health-health of people and the planet. That's why we set aggressive corporate wide goals to reduce our environmental impact, outlined in our Healthy Future 2015 goals. To this end, we established the proprietary Earthwards® process for developing and marketing greener products through lifecycle analysis. Every Earthwards® recognized product must achieve a greater than 10 percent improvement in at least three of the seven goal areas:
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